Most people believe that aromatherapy is essential oils, but in reality many of the aromatherapy products on the market do not use natural essential oils.
According to the Huffington Post ”In order to make the most of your aromatherapy experience, it’s important to understand the modern-day use of the word. Is it really 'natural'? “Many people have a tendency to think that if something is advertised as aromatherapy that means it’s something natural,” licensed massage therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Jessie Violet told the Post. “Some of those products that you see in stores are completely unregulated by any laws […] and their use of the term aromatherapy can be just a product with perfume. It indicates nothing about its natural status.”
Aromatherapy is the effect that certain smells have on your senses. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says: “Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (fragrant substances distilled from plants) to alter mood or improve health. Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic substances that can either be inhaled or applied as oils during therapeutic massage. For inhalation, steaming water, diffusers, or humidifiers are used to spread a combination of the steam and a few drops of the essential oil throughout the room. For skin application, essential oils are usually mixed with vegetable oil and massaged directly into the skin.
Aromatherapy can be used to enhance the quality of life as a complementary treatment through reducing stress, pain, and depression and by producing a feeling of well-being. Although there are over 40 different essential oils, the most commonly used are lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, jasmine, chamomile, peppermint, and geranium. Lavender oil is promoted to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tension.”
Each blend has three notes:
• Top Note: This is the first scent you notice in a blend, but it doesn’t last long.
• Body or Middle Note: The essential oil that is the middle note will last for longer, but only for one to two hours.about one to two hours and is considered the heart of the fragrance.
• Base Note or Fixative: The base note is the aroma that has staying power and can appear even after you perfume testing strip has even dried.
Think about what fragrances you enjoy. Ask yourself questions like:
**Do I like smell of any herbs and/or spices? You might like Ginger, Cinnamon or Nutmeg
** Is there a certain flower or flowers that I enjoy smelling? Geranium, Lavender, Neroli or Rose
**Do I like the smell after a rain or freshly cut grass or walking though a pine forest. You might like Pine, Cypress, Frankincense •
**Do I like the smell of citrus fruit. You might like Bergamot, Lemon, Orange or Lemongrass
Decide what oils are top note, middle note and base notes
Top Note Essential Oils include Anise, sweet Basil, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, spearmint, and Wintergreen. •
Middle Note Essential Oils include Camphor, Cardamom, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Jasmine, Lemon Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Geranium, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme, and Ylang Ylang.
Base Note Essential Oils include Benzoin, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh, Patchouli, and Sandalwood.
Decide if there is a purpose (relaxation, energy, stress release)
What essential oils support healthy sleep habits.
What essential oils are good for energizing?
What is the best essential oil for stress?
Lavender essential oil is one of the most well-studied essential oils in terms of its relaxing effects. One study found that lavender oil aromatherapy calmed the nervous system, lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature as well as changing brain waves to a more relaxed state.
• Now it is time to test the oils you've chosen. Place one drop of each essential oil on a perfume testing strip.
Slowly put the strip up to your nose, doing little circles about a foot away for your nose.
• It's helpful to note at what distance you begin to notice the aroma. Hold the testing strip to your nose, breathe in quickly at first, and then take a few slow, deep inhales.
You might want to start taking notes on what your thoughts and feelings are when you smell the different essential oils and then again when you do a combination.
Let the essential oil evaporate for 10 to 30 minutes. This is where you might want to get some fresh air or use coffee grounds to clear your nose. Now smell your testing strip again. Do you notice if the aroma is still as strong as it was before. Did the initial aroma last long? How would you describe the aroma? Fruity, spicy, woody, etc.
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